ArtsPath visual artist Mike Stadler worked with students on the IUP Punxsutawney campus using
woodworking, and craft artist Sandy Trimble worked with pre-service students in
the College of Education and Education Technology using fiber and the process
of wool felting.
At the IUP Punxsutawney campus, Stadler partnered with English
professor Lynn Shelly as they worked together to expand the students’ abilities
to think and work on higher levels of abstraction.
second reason the residency is supported by Dean Terry Appolonia is that with
fewer opportunities for creative self- expression than students at IUP’s
Indiana campus, it helps provides a much broader experience to the students,
further enhancing their first-year experience at the regional campus.
By provoking students to develop critical thinking skills in the
area of depth, students were invited to learn techniques of abstract art as a
means of thinking strategically and symbolically about their identities and
life experiences. In addition to working with Stadler through the hands-on
woodworking component, the students kept a journal detailing their thought
seen here were on display at the end-of-semester Celebration of Learning.
the IUP College of Education and Educational Technology, with the support of Dean Lara Leutkehans, fiber artist
Sandy Trimble worked with pre-service students of Kelli Jo Kerry-Moran and Theresa McQuaide in their course, ESCP 314 Creative Experiences and Play for
all PreK-Grade 4 Learners.
her background in fiber and wool felting, Trimble used the discipline to
introduce the concept of arts integration to the students, as well as the
importance of the arts as a content area in schools. Using a wet and dry needle
felting process to create puppets, students were evaluated on their own ability
of being able to design and implement a meaningful and creative play experience
for all young children. They also worked in groups to create an imaginative
puppet play drama to teach a lesson through storytelling.
residency projects were made possible through the AIE Partnership of the
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. It is funded by the citizens
of Pennsylvania through an annual legislative appropriation and administered
locally by ArtsPath through the Lively Arts and College of Fine Arts at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania. The PCA is further supported by the National
Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
For more information on ArtsPath residencies, contact the ArtsPath coordinator for Arts-in-Education Services, Jeff Wacker, at 724-357-4565, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.